A ceiling inspection keeps your new home from falling down on your head. New homeowners may not know what to look for when it comes to home inspection. That’s what home inspectors are for, right? Not so fast. Although your home inspector may have your best interest at heart, they won’t be living in your home. A wise new homeowner accompanies the home inspector for a walk through. Here’s what you and your home inspector should look for when inspecting the ceilings of your potential new home.
A sagging ceiling is a serious matter. The last thing a new homeowner needs is to have their ceiling fall down on their heads a week after moving in. A sagging ceiling can be caused by a number of issues. Usually it indicates water damage. A sagging ceiling can also mean a lack of ceiling support. Your home inspector should know the difference. As a general rule, water damage is usually accompanied by stains or mold.
Water Damage and Mold
Visible water damage on a ceiling is an obvious sign of leakage. Your home inspector should look for brown stains, rings and spots. These may indicate continuous or older water damage. Some ceilings may bubble from being wet. Others may show signs of molding. Mold can be extreme health hazard. It must be removed properly by qualified professionals.
Cracks, Gaps and Holes
Another thing your home inspector is looking for are cracks, gaps and holes in your ceiling. Cracks can indicate foundation issues and structural problems. Gaps and holes can compromise the insulation factor and stability of your ceiling. All these things should be of concern to new homeowners when it comes to ceiling inspection. Consider a bad ceiling as a bargaining point for price or repairs prior to closing.
Peeling paint is taken very seriously by home inspectors. New homeowners may wonder what all the fuss is about. Once again, peeling paint could indicate water damage. It can also be due to the age of the home. Why is this so bad? Can’t it just be repainted? The problem with peeling paint in older homes is that it could be lead based paint. Lead based paint is a serious health hazard, especially for children. Peeling paint must be removed or painted over by a professional. So, when your home inspector is doing his job, make sure he looks up at the ceiling. It could save your life.